The Chronological Sherlock Holmes Challenge

12/29/16 edit: Full schedule here.

Two years ago, I started on a rereading of the Sherlock Holmes series, with the intent of reading the stories in the approximate order that they occur in Holmes’s lifetime.  I didn’t get very far, but I never abandoned the concept.  It’s been about ten years since I first read the complete Sherlock Holmes, and he is my favorite fictional character.  It’s time to get serious about this overdue challenge!

So – I’m revamping it in under the wordy title of “The Chronological Sherlock Holmes Challenge,” 2017-2018 edition.  This is a 16-month mission to read all 56 short stories and the four novels.  Of course, the series could be easily read in half a year, but I want to take my time, blog about each tale, and leave room for other reading, too.  If anyone wants to join, I’d love to share the discussion!

The idea is:

  • Read the stories in the order found on this Sherlock Holmes Timeline…with one exception.  I really can’t agree on having any stories come between “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House,” despite whatever date Watson wrote that comes between them.  Instead, I’ll read “Wisteria Lodge” and “Three Gables” after “The Empty House.”
  • The pace will be one short story per week, and then three weeks per novel when a novel is encountered.  Though novels and short stories may overlap, I will read consecutively: as soon as a novel is listed on the timeline, I’ll complete the whole novel before moving on to the next short. This is a fairly relaxed schedule, and it fits neatly into 16 months.
  • If you wish to join in but use a different schedule, feel free!  Once you start reading this series, it’s very, very hard to set aside…

And now, to wait (impatiently) till January.  😉

More buttons, because I can’t get enough of Sidney Paget’s illustrations: